What is it?
Investing that has the power to deliver competitive returns and bring about positive change.
Values Based Investing (VBI) is an investment philosophy that considers criteria based on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) values, alongside financial returns, when selecting an investment opportunity.
This is one of the newest and fastest growing sectors within the investment universe. There are now over 1,254 managers representing over $34 trillion committed to VBI worldwide . According to the United States Sustainable Investment Forum (US SIF), VBI accounts for around one in every nine dollars under professional management in the US.
VBI covers a range of strategies and asset classes, from listed equity funds through to private equity investments. Increasingly new investment models are being developed that employ values-based investing to enhance returns as well as drive positive change.
Source: UNPRI- April 2013
Find out more about the selection process for qualifying Impact investments via the Social Stock Exchange (SSX) and their range of quoted member shares and bonds.
Funds investing in Listed Financial Instruments:
- Ethical: Negative screening: remove all “sin” sectors companies from portfolio (includes pornography, armaments, gambling, natural resources and alcohol). Positive screening: as above but also only select companies with “best in class” CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) credentials from remaining universe.
- ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) -based investment: Integrating long-term ESG criteria into investment decision making in order to produce superior financial returns. This differentiates it from ethical investments, which set financial returns as a secondary consideration, subordinate to ethical or sustainability goals
Private Equity based funds:
- Impact Investments: investments in businesses or projects with the primary aim of delivering positive change (e.g. microfinance. Community investing)
- Green Tech: investing in new technologies that reduce or eliminate harmful impact to the environment (includes renewable fuels, waste treatment, water recycling etc.)
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OEICs and Unit Trusts
|Name||1 Year (%)||3 Years (%)||5 Years (%)||Discount||NAV|
|Impax Environmental Markets Ord 10P||19.34||70.19||118.50||-3.75||281.55||Buy|
|Jupiter Green Investment||8.36||28.74||67.80||-5.83||201.76||Buy|
|Menhaden Capital Plc ORD 1P||12.70||-||-||-22.20||91.26||Buy|
|Syncona Limited Ord NPV||37.13||84.01||100.46||45.31||151.06||Buy|
|Name||1 Year (%)||3 Years (%)||5 Years (%)||NAV||Discount||NDY||Sector|
|Foresight Solar & Infrastructure VCT PLC C ORD 1P||11.47||4.77||4.02||90.00||-7.78||6.02||VCT Specialist: Environmental||Buy|
|Foresight Solar & Infrastructure VCT PLC Ord 1P||3.82||7.02||23.12||99.60||-9.64||6.67||VCT Specialist: Environmental||Buy|
|Triple Point Income Vct Plc Ord 1P||15.50||68.85||52.27||63.08||-20.74||10.00||VCT Generalist||Buy|
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